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Evidence for ET Life from Dying Stars?

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:46 PM

Future Evidence for Extraterrestrial Life Might Come from Dying Stars


Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said:

Cambridge, MA - Even dying stars could host planets with life - and if such life exists, we might be able to detect it within the next decade. This encouraging result comes from a new theoretical study of Earth-like planets orbiting white dwarf stars. Researchers found that we could detect oxygen in the atmosphere of a white dwarf's planet much more easily than for an Earth-like planet orbiting a Sun-like star.

"In the quest for extraterrestrial biological signatures, the first stars we study should be white dwarfs," said Avi Loeb, theorist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and director of the Institute for Theory and Computation.

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